Sin777er From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1628 times:
Gunman kills 14 in Swiss parliament horror
The attacker, with a score to settle, also wounded 10 others when he opened fire with the automatic before killing himself
ZUG (Switzerland) - A man armed with an automatic rifle burst into a regional parliament in central Switzerland yesterday and opened fire, killing 14 people, before committing suicide, officials and police said.
The attacker, said to have a grievance with the local authorities, wore a policeman's uniform when he burst into the parliament's chamber at about 10.30 am in Zug, near Lucerne, local medial reports said.
Police in Zug said three members of the local government were among the victims and 10 others were wounded in the rampage during which the man emptied five magazines from the automatic rifle before turning the weapon on himself.
Swiss News Agency ATS reported that 'there was blood everywhere', with casualties lying on the floor and small fires in the assembly hall.
Police found a letter that referred to a 'day of reckoning for the Zug mafia'.
The attacker, a Swiss national from the Zurich region, was also armed with a pistol. More weapons were found in his car, which was parked in front of the building.
Police sealed off the centre of Zug, a wealthy, lakeside town near Zurich, best-known within Switzerland for its low tax rate.
Mr Viktor Schaech, who runs a kiosk near the parliament building, said he was chatting to a friend when he heard the sound of shooting.
'It was complete chaos,' he said. 'It was absolutely awful. I'm still in shock.'
Although gun ownership is widespread in Switzerland, violent crime is rare and there are only minimal controls at public buildings. Politicians rarely have police protection.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1615 times:
This is the first time I've ever heard of something like this in Switzerland. It seems like the American spree killings that have become popular over the past 10-15 years have finally made it over here.
The guy used a SIG-90, which is the standard-issue assault rifle in the Swiss Army, and virtually every man between the ages of 20-35 have such a weapon at home. Regulations about their use (or misuse) outside of active service is very strict, and so far there have been very few violations. I wonder if the militia policy will be rethought because of this.
Also, apparently it was not HIS SIG-90. It was either stolen or borrowed. According to Swiss law, the owner of a military weapon is responsible for the damage it causes if it is lost or stolen. So somebody is in deep do-do.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1592 times:
All I meant was that the phenomenon of some nut walking into a post office, McDonalds, School or Office seems to have popped up in the U.S. first. Americans have even coined a term for it: "Going Postal". If I recall, this has happened with increasing frequency since sometime in the late 80's. Now we hear of it at least once per year, it seems.
It's all an issue of copycat crimes. Once one guy does it, some other jerk sees that as a possible solution to his own screwed-up problems. Thanks to the international media, I expect this guy got influenced.
What a better place it would be if he had simply done it the old fashioned way - suicide in the privacy of his own home.
Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1586 times:
This goes to show how the US is so focused on itself. (How we, as Americans, are in general, focused on ourselves.)
I have not heard about this in the news at all. Boo hoo.
I wrote a thesis comparing the US and French national news and one of the observations was that the French national news reported much more "international" news than the US national news did. Now, there are multiple factors there, but my point is that as an average American citizen, I, myself, would never have known about this.
Condolences to the families involved in this rampage.
Lubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1565 times:
leftseat86- no i didn't hear about that...i am very sorry. the news stations here have about 3 mins an hour of "in the news".
I am really sorry to all the people of switzerland who were affected by this. I was in switzerland and the people there were very nice to us even though most of our group was stereotypical american. It bothers me to think of the serene country disturbed by such a horrible act. we are all brothers (and sisters) in the world now.